I’m new here, but I’ve been in the industrial design sector for 8 years.
i have an existentialist dilemma,
I hope someone can help me to see it clear.
I got a degree in industrial design (8 years ago, BA Hns),
I had a very successful degree (best of class, exhibitions…)
I did some internships in product design.
I started my own design firm, which I ran successfully for 3 years.
Then I started to work on projects about “design research”, “User Studies”, “Design Management”, “innovation”…
and I ended up in a “consultancy” (think Ideo or Smartdesign) doing user research and concept design, but mainly focused on business development, project planning, blah blah blah.
I did it very successfully but I realized that I had no passion for this,
and I quit after 4 years.
after some guest lectures in some universities and some contract projects as “innovation consultant” I find myself looking for a job…
the dilemma is:
I have been so much time without “designing” that any recent-graduate has better “product designer” skills than me.
I find myself being an ex-designer,
and having expertise in something I don’t want to do anymore (design consultancy boring bullshit)
I’m thinking in abandon the design field and start again in another sector…
where a mind like mine could go to knock doors?
thanks so much
my passion is in
explore, experiment and discover
I love the unknown,
I enjoy doing things I have no idea how to do them,
I think it is time to switch sector,
and apply all I learned into another industry…
but I’m afraid of it…
anyone is an ex-designer like me?
is there anyone that studied and worked as designer and now is working as something else… like gardener?
now I’m thinking in starting a fruit-shop in NY,
with all I learned (branding, strategy, user needs, packaging…) I think it might be very successful…
thanks in advance for your thoughts,